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REEBOK FLOATRIDE FAST PRO 100 G

Rec­om­mended for races up to a 21K

The 100 G shoe was put to the test un­der harsh con­di­tions at this year's Bos­ton Marathon, and it seems to have weath­ered the storm well on the feet of two top-10 fin­ish­ers in Tyler Pen­nel and Ni­cole Dimer­cu­rio.

Seem­ingly brought forth from the fu­ture, the 100 G ac­tu­ally weighs in at a feath­ery 99 grams and lever­ages Reebok's pro­pri­etary Floatride foam tech­nol­ogy for a dash of cush­ion­ing and bounce in the mid­sole. In short, this is one hella fast pair of kicks that also fit like a glove. While ideal for let­ting loose in shorter road races and train­ing runs up to half-marathon dis­tances, pro­ceed with cau­tion at longer lengths un­less you're a sea­soned dis­tance run­ner who’s com­fort­able trad­ing min­i­mal sup­port for max­i­mum speed.

BROOKS LEV­I­TATE 2

Rec­om­mended for medium-to-heavy mileage

From one of the world’s most re­spected run­ning brands comes a im­pres­sive state­ment in the Lev­i­tate 2, which Brooks says has the great­est en­ergy re­turn in the mar­ket. We be­lieve it.

The Lev­i­tate 2 is on the heav­ier side, at 318 grams (in men’s, 275 grams in women’s), but has a num­ber of fea­tures that com­pen­sate for its weight.

The DNA AMP mid­sole pro­vides the The Lev­i­tate 2’s am­ple en­ergy re­turn, aided by an ar­row-point pat­tern on the out­sole for speedy tran­si­tion from heel to toe; it’s a com­fort­able ride as well, with plenty of room for a va­ri­ety of foot shapes, in­clud­ing a wider toe box up front and roomy col­lar at the heel.

All told, this is a fast, com­fort­able shoe de­spite its rel­a­tive heft.

HOKA CLIFTON 5

Rec­om­mended for heavy mileage

With the Clifton 5, Hoka takes a leap for for­ward for those in the mar­ket for a com­fort­able neu­tral shoe.

Hoka's up­dated the shoe’s mid­sole, which is now no­tice­ably softer than pre­vi­ous ver­sions. The Clifton 5 also comes with a sock­liner that molds nicely around the foot.

The re-en­gi­neered mesh in the up­per makes the Clifton 5 flex­i­ble and breath­able as well. Hoka also en­hanced the shoe’s dura­bil­ity, with an out­sole made of tough rub­ber.

The Clifton 5 is a strong choice for neu­tral prona­tors look­ing for a fast, com­fort­able shoe that’s built to last.— CR

Men’s: 318 g (11.2 oz.) Women’s: 275 g (9.7 oz.) Drop ra­tio: 8 mm $190

Uni­sex: 99 g (3.5 oz.) Drop ra­tio: 4 mm $300

Men’s: 266 g (9.4 oz.) Women’s: 216 g (7.6 oz.) Drop ra­tio: 5 mm $170

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